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Ignition Switch replacement DIY

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Hi guys, I'm a long-time poster on these forums but my last how-to on installing an iPod dock was archived so I'm showing up in the forums as a new user. Anyway, my beetle is now long in the tooth and has run into the dreaded ignition switch short.

Symptoms are as follows.
Unresponsive non-essential column stalk controls such as signals, cruise control, and washer. Though high beam still works.
AC, Fan out but Hazard, radio, and ASR switch work fine (didn't check heated seats). Everything else works fine.

In my case, the battery top fuses and wiring were in perfect order so I'm now going to need to check under the dash. As this is a bit of a do, I'm thinking of posting my process as this seems to be a regular issue with new beetles of this generation. I've poured through the forums and found a Jetta/Golf-based tutorial but not beetle specific found here.

p.s. Mod, if I've placed this tutorial in the wrong category, please move me, but since I have a 1.8t this is where I posted.
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1998-2011 New Beetle > 1.8 Liter Turbo > Ignition Switch replacement DIY

Same failure on my 2000 Diesel Beetle in February, 2016. However the purple connector is melted as well. Where to get a replacement?

The failure is control wiring to the "load reduction relay" which disables all high current draws (headlights, DRLs, AC. blower motor, rear window heater, and wipers) while starting the engine.

And yes, all of the interior plastic is disintegrating.
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